Everyone on Earth feels physical pain at one time or another. There are dozens of things that can cause you to feel pain, including overworked muscles, muscle spasms, inflammation, bad posture, stress, or PMS — just to name a few. Pain can come in the form of a headache, aching muscles,backaches, and many more. Chronic pain can make everyday life very difficult and uncomfortable.
There are also dozens of over–the-counter pain relievers, but almost every single one has some kind of side effect including bleeding in the stomach and concerns about overdose. Why bother with those chemical pain relievers when you can simply turn to natural essential oils instead?
Many essential oils contain analgesic compounds, meaning they reduce or relieve pain. Still others have anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, or anti-spasmodic compounds to fight other types of pain.
This article is going to tell you about 20 of the best essential oils you can use to stop many types of pain and inflammation. There are many more essential oils that will also work, but this list narrows it down to the top 20 that are well-known for having pain relieving compounds and that are the easiest to find.
Please note that some essential oils are not suitable for people with certain medical conditions, pregnant women, or nursing mothers. Please consult with your physician before using these essential oils to ensure your own safety.
1. German Chamomile
This contains anti-inflammatory and pain relieving compounds, in addition to having terrific antioxidant compounds. German chamomile is soothing, calming, and has been found to support joint health.
2. Sweet Marjoram
This herb also has sedative compounds that can help relieve muscle pain and muscle spasms, migraines, joint stiffness, osteoarthritis, and rheumatism.
This strong-smelling oil has analgesic and anti-inflammatory compounds that are good for nerve pain and muscle pain. It will clear out your sinuses at the same time, which can offer you relief from sinus headaches.
This is great for back pain, muscle pain, headaches, and joint pain due to its antispasmodic and analgesic compounds.
5. Clary Sage
Clary sage has anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory compounds and is well known for being calming and soothing to the mind and body. Use this in small quantities as it is very powerful. It works best for muscle spasms, tension, and the pain caused by PMS.
This is a great choice for nerve pain. It also works well on joint pain and muscle aches or muscle spasms.
It is so much more than just great incense! Frankincense is a mild sedative with powerful anti-inflammatory compounds. This oil can relieve stress and relieve general pain.
It is not as common as some other essential oils, but this one is very effective when it comes to treating headaches, menstrual cramps, nerve pain, and arthritis. This oil has many of the same pain relieving compounds as aspirin, minus the dangerous side effects.
This oil might be a bit on the expensive side, but it is well worth it. Helichrysum is highly valued for its analgesic, antispasmodic, and anti-inflammatory compounds that work wonders when it comes to reliving arthritis pain. Most people who have tried just about everything else to relive their pain but have not found relief state that this oil works when nothing else does.
Similar to wintergreen, camphor is naturally anti-inflammatory and has analgesic compounds. This oil works well for stopping pain caused by bruises, muscle aches, sprains, arthritis, and rheumatism.
11. Blue Tansy
This oil can help lower blood pressure, as well as stop the pain from rheumatism and arthritis. With its natural anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving compounds, blue tansy has been used for many years for pain relief.
The oil from this herb is well-known in India, but not as much in the U.S. Vetiver has been used since time began for pain relief. This oil is good for general aches and pain such as muscle pain, headaches, and arthritis.
Good for joint aches and pain as well as muscle aches and muscle spasms, yarrow is a powerful restorative and analgesic pain reliever.
This one is well-known for easing the pain of backaches and improves joint mobility almost instantly. Ginger is highly anti-inflammatory so it’s perfect for arthritis and rheumatic pain.
Sandalwood is often used to sedate the nervous system, which makes this a good choice to stop nerve pain, as well as the pain from muscle spasms.
This ancient oil is antispasmodic so it works well for PMS pain, menstrual pain, muscle aches and pain, as well as those annoying backaches.
Often used to stop headaches, peppermint oil also works well for stopping the pain caused by muscle aches, joint pain, and nerve pain.
This is perhaps the most popular oil when it comes to pain relief and relaxation. Lavender oil has anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and sedative compounds that work well for stopping the pain from muscle tension, muscle spasms, joint pain, and headaches.
Not to be confused with German chamomile, this type of chamomile (the most common type found in the U.S.) is well-known for its anti-inflammatory compounds that work well to stop the pain in the lower back, headaches, and PMS pain.
This herb is commonly used in Chinese medicine to stop general pain, including bruises and muscle aches and spasms.
Kids and teens get sick just like we do, and usually it’s very easy to find out why they got sick. It can be something as simple as a sore throat or an infection, which are easy to diagnose and treat.
However, what many people don’t realize is that fibromyalgia can develop in children and teens especially as well. Common symptoms for fibromyalgia include excessive tiredness and fatigue, aching throughout the body and especially in the muscles and the joints, and difficult sleeping.
It’s essential that if your teen is feeling the symptoms of fibromyalgia that you consult with your doctor. The problem is that not very many doctors understand what fibromyalgia is or how to treat it very well.
You may have to expand your search to find a doctor or medical professional who understands fibromyalgia and hopefully has experience diagnosing and treating it in the past. Fortunately, it is much easier to find a doctor who understands fibromyalgia now than it was before.
Fibromyalgia is also harder to find in children because it is much more common in adults. The age of 18 is usually the youngest age that a person can be diagnosed with fibromyalgia, but unfortunately, that figure is slipping away, as now as much as five percent of teenagers in the United States are estimated to either display some symptoms of fibromyalgia or be diagnosed with it all together. So, let’s say that you have a teenager who is displaying strong symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Maybe your teenager has even been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. So the next question is, what causes fibromyalgia in teens, and what can you do about it? Fortunately, there is much that you can do.
What causes Fibromyalgia in Teens?
Well, we don’t exactly know what causes fibromyalgia in adults, so as you might guess, we also don’t exactly know what causes it in teens, either. Although no specific gene has been identified yet, it has been discovered that fibromyalgia does run in the family, meaning that a person who has a related family member who was diagnosed with fibromyalgia is more likely to be diagnosed with it themselves over a person who has no family history of diagnosed fibromyalgia.
So if your teen has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, ask yourself if anyone else in the family has. Not just your or our spouse or your other children, but anyone in your extended family. If so, then it’s understandable for why your teen has developed fibromyalgia (though it’s still rare to at such a young age), but if your family has no history of fibromyalgia, then it’s definitely a very rare occurrence that your teen has been diagnosed.
We also know that more girls than boys have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia in the past, so a teenage girl being diagnosed with fibromyalgia is more likely than a teenage boy as well.
The Symptoms of Fibromyalgia in Teens
The symptoms for fibromyalgia in teens are largely the same as in adults. The most common symptoms of fibromyalgia are fatigue, difficulty sleeping, anxiety, depression, constant headaches, dizziness, constant stomach aches, soreness, achiness and pain throughout the body especially in the muscles and joints, and more difficult remembering things.
As with adults, fibromyalgia is difficult in teens. When a teenager is diagnosed with fibromyalgia, they will have immense difficulty sleeping at night due to the pain. When they can’t sleep, they will only feel more tired and fatigued during the day, which only makes the pain worse. So in this sense, the symptoms of fibromyalgia essentially work with one another.
It’s very important that you find treatment for your teen if they are diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Many teens will miss many days at school, which can affect their grades and their entire future (maybe their dream is to get into a college that holds high standards, but they miss an important lecture and fail the next test, leading to a B in the class when they could have had an A that the college would have accepted).
And if other teens in the school find out that your teen has fibromyalgia, your teen may rapidly become unpopular and become socially isolated, and may lose friends. So not only does fibromyalgia affect a teen medically, it also affects their work/school performance and their friends.
There are many different people who you can consult with if your teen is diagnosed with fibromyalgia. You should consult a doctor who has experience and knowledge in the area of fibromyalgia, a psychologist, and a physical therapist.
There is currently no cure for fibromyalgia for anybody, unfortunately. However, there are still many treatments that you can have your teen use to lessen the pain and symptoms as much as possible. First of all, your teen will need to learn how to cope with the pain.
You can try using cognitive behavioral therapy, which helps teens relieve their depression or anxiety they feel over the pain. You should also try muscle relaxation techniques, and breathe deeply to get the stress out for the time being.
You can also try using pain reliever medications to lessen the pain, but you should only use ones that are prescribed to you by your doctor and that don’t have any dangerous side effects. You should also keep in mind that there are very few studies regarding medication and fibromyalgia in teens, so use caution.
Good exercise and physical therapy would never hurt either. Getting enough exercise is essential to anyone who is dealing with fibromyalgia. Just set aside anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour each day to exercising, and you will find less pain and less depression. The good thing about physical therapy is that the therapist can show your teen the best exercises to use in regard to fibromyalgia, and how often to use them, why they should be used, etc.
To those who see me and think they know me based on my outward appearance, to those who know me yet don’t quite know what to believe about me and to those who love me despite what they can never understand — this is I want to say to you but don’t have the courage to express. These are the words that keep me up every night, knowing they will never be spoken and you will never hear the truth. These are the words that are locked up inside of my heart, guarded by years of hurt and pain.
I was diagnosed with gastroparesis in 2014. One of the most difficult aspects of dealing with this severe, incurable motility disorder isn’t the disorder itself; it’s the judgment that comes along with having an invisible and chronic illness. It steals every ounce of what I once had, yet I still appear healthy. When people see me, they don’t believe I’m sick. I’m not in a wheelchair, hooked to oxygen tanks or equipped with nasal tubes. Therefore, in their eyes, I must be healthy.
But they don’t know a month ago, I was almost placed on a feeding tube. I was too weak, malnourished and dehydrated to feed myself. They don’t know I have six specialists I see on a weekly basis, none of whom have been able to provide even a small amount of relief. They don’t know I feel constant pain every single day; pain that never seems to subside. So to those of you who know me from a distance, don’t judge me by my appearance alone, for there is a greater story underneath the smile, the makeup and the dresses.
What I wish to share with you is simply the truth about my chronic illness. I’m not drug seeker or drug addict. I take whatever I can to allay the constant, agonizing pain I’m in, but I’ll wait until the pain becomes nearly excruciating before utilizing the last resort — pain medication.
I’m not ignoring you. I want nothing more than to spend time with you, yet oftentimes my body simply won’t allow me to function. I’m not being selfish when I tell you I need to take care of my body and my health. I’ve been to birthday parties, weddings, family reunions and other events that were important to you when most would stay home writhing in pain. Yet I took pain pills, put on our smile and was there for you. Please don’t make me feel guilty for taking care of myself because it’s something I do far too infrequently.
I’m not lazy. Please don’t tell me you wish you could stay at home all day on the couch because that’s not what I do. I want nothing more than to have a full-time job, to be needed and to feel important. But my body renders me physically incapable on a near daily basis.
Lastly, I’m not weak. I’m fighting a war against my body. It’s a war most would have surrendered long ago. Yet I keep fighting, enduring unimaginable pain but never quitting.
To those of you who already understand the effects of my illness, I want you to know I appreciate your love, care and attention. When you are constantly sick, those who truly love you try to take on the burden of your pain, even just for a moment. But I want you to know it’s OK if you don’t have all of the answers to my problems. It’s OK if you don’t know how to respond to me or even what to say to me at times. It’s OK if you feel helpless as gastroparesis wages a war on my body you’re unable to prevent or pacify. I don’t need you to have all of the answers. I don’t need you to say all of the right things. I don’t need you to even take away the pain. Simply being with me, believing me and never giving up on me will bring me greater happiness than you’ll ever know.
Yet what I want my loved ones to know most is that I am still me. I’m still a person behind the disorder — behind the years of pain. Please love me, laugh with me, be with me and treat me like you did before I became sick — like your daughter, your friend, your sister and your wife. Like a person. While my body may change and the disorder may take more of me than I wish, I’m the same person I have always been. Behind the pain, I’m still, and always will be, me. Gastroparesis can take my ability to eat, sleep and work, but it will never take away me.
As the word “chronic” suggests, this is a form of pain that persists for a very long time or is constantly recurring. In medicine, any pain that continues beyond half a year qualifies as chronic pain. There are varying degrees of chronic pain, ranging from mild to extreme, recurrent, to constant, and so on.
Considering the lengthy amount of time many people spend suffering chronic pain, it is not surprising that it can also contribute to negative emotional side effects. Suffering from a kind of continuous pain only known to yourself and fellow sufferers can have a detrimental impact on mental health and personal relationships. Thus, it is critical that you take initiative and responsibility for your chronic pain and be aware of things that you can do to alleviate your suffering. Of course, when the chronic pain suffered reaches a point where you are unable to continue with your daily life, seek medical attention immediately.
If more serious issues have been ruled out as the cause of your pain, here are 15 small things that you can do to relieve chronic pain:
Do Not Ingest Foods Containing Solanine
Solanine is a glycoalkaloid poison that is found in common foods such as potatoes, with its pesticidal properties serving to enhance the plant’s natural defenses. These backyard foods are popular and often served with meals. The source of the problem is that some people are unable to metabolize solanine; it consequently accumulates in their major organs and creates health problems for them, potentially including chronic pain. Avoid nightshade vegetables (e.g. tomatoes, eggplants, chilies, goji berries). Also avoid products/foods that utilize potato starch as this can help alleviate the chronic pain experienced by some people.
Do Take Supplements
Even though there has been a lot of debate about the use of natural and synthetic supplements, the consumption of either one can help to complement everyday meals that may be lacking in certain vitamins and minerals. Moreover, for people suffering from chronic pains, there are certain kinds of supplements that help with nerve functions, muscles and joint recovery. Although supplements are recommended, you should always check with your certified general practitioner for more information and to advise you accordingly.
Do Light To Moderate Exercise
As a sufferer of chronic pain, engaging in heavy or intense exercise would be difficult for you, but yet it is still hard to ignore the incredible benefits exercise can bring. Exercise can help to reduce your chronic pain and improve your quality of life. By exercising, you enjoy the effects of bettersleep which reduces your reliance on pain medication; whilst also contributing to healthier mood with a greater release of endorphins.
An ever-present beverage culturally, alcohol is drunk for a range of purposes, for enjoyment- and even for pain management. When suffering from chronic pain, it is essential to get a good night’s sleep in order for the body to be able to heal well and to avoid further physical tension accumulating. By partaking in alcohol consumption, you are depriving your body of deep sleep as alcohol is known for promoting shallow sleep. Thus, you give yourself a less restful night whilst increasing your levels of chronic pain.
Distract Yourself From The Pain
Another simple trick that you can do is to simply distract yourself from the pain. Albeit not a very wise choice in the long-run, the reality is that it still works for a short period of time. Upon feeling the onset of your chronic pain, turn on your favorite TV show or enjoy a board game with your loved ones. Focus on that activity and choose to ignore the pain. Eventually, the intensity of the pain should subside and you’ll emerge stronger and more prepared for future attacks.
There have been plenty of reports alerting us to the risks of long-term exposure to vibrations, particularly for people suffering from chronic pain.Chiropractic research has suggested that long-term exposure to vibrations are one of the main causes of chronic pain, in particular – repetitive vibration and hand-arm vibrations. If you are currently in a job where you are regularly exposed to either type of vibration and you also suffer from regular pain attacks, it is possible that vibrations are your primary “trigger”. Take action and visit a medical professional as soon as you can in order to create an effective treatment plan.
Educate Your Friends And Family About Your Condition
It’s important for your family, friends and loved ones to understand your condition and the kind of pain you are suffering in order to prevent any misunderstandings, miscommunication, and also to equip them with the relevant knowledge and skills to help you when the chronic pain hits. It’s important to always talk about your feelings and experiences; this is highly recommended by psychologists since it promotes healthier mental well-being, encourages a person’s spirits, whilst allowing both you and your loved ones to be well-informed and actively involved in their pain management. Take the time to talk to your loved ones to prevent your personal life and relationships from being negatively affected by chronic pain.
Join A Support Group
Not only is it important to let you friends and loved ones be there for you during your time of need, there are other forms of support you can rely on, including support groups. Attend a support group for people going through chronic pain. Although you may suffer from different types and varieties of chronic pain, you’re confiding in people who understand your pain, and this can make you feel like you are less alone in your struggle. Not only do you gain pillars of support through joining such a group, but some of these people will likely be survivors of extreme chronic pain, or people who have been suffering from chronic pain for longer than you have. From these meetings, you can learn important lessons and new approaches to coping with the pain.
Don’t Stress – Relax
We are all human. We need to accept our limits and flaws, and learn to not be afraid to acknowledge them. By taking control of our emotional and physical health, you are taking control of your battle with chronic pain and are on the path to recovery. Have the courage to say no to activities that may tire you, and be firm when you decide on what is the best choice for your health. Schedule in activities that bring positive emotional effects like boosting your morale and don’t be afraid to customize your own schedule for maximum relaxation, because truly, it is all up to you.
Once again, it is common knowledge that smoking is a health hazard and this is even more so for people suffering from chronic pain. Smoking is known for being able to increase a patient’s chronic pain and is linked to other severe diseases and health conditions. Naturally, some may turn to smoking as a stress reliever or as a form of pain management, but this does the body more harm than good as smoking can make it harder for a person to respond to chronic pain treatment. If you live with someone who smokes, consider getting an air purifier for cigarette smoke. Smoking also negatively influences a person’s perception of and sensitivity to pain. Stay away from smoking.
The health benefits of drinking water are clearly established as we need water to live and our bodies consist of 75% water, and our brains, 85%. Dehydration is one of the primary causes of many illnesses and diseases, with chronic pain being one of them. It is important that we consume enough water to keep ourselves hydrated, eliminate toxins from our body and replenish any water that we have lost during this process. You need to provide your body with the essential tools it needs to fight chronic pain, and water is one of these tools.
Turmeric is a household Asian spice known for its anti-inflammatory properties. This medicinal root also contains antioxidants, has been associated with cancer prevention, and due to containing curcumin, it has the ability to reduce inflammation naturally without causing any liver or kidney damage. One of the reasons why chronic pain occurs is due to the occurrence of inflammation in the body. This can lead to severe chronic pain if you ignore any form of treatment. Turmeric is particularly useful for assisting medical conditions like arthritis or sports injuries, for example. Scientific research has revealed that turmeric may also potentially aid those suffering from asthma and cancer, so go ahead and try this miraculous spice for yourself.
Do Yoga And Meditate
Yoga advocates for a perspective to chronic pain that involves unlearning harmful reactions to pain that only exacerbate the problem. The use of relaxation exercises can help sufferers to teach their body healthy ways to cope with pain. Relaxation has been proven to be particularly healing for sufferers of chronic pain. It switches off your stress response, reduces your stress levels and thus turns the energy within your body towards growth, repair and other beneficial health processes. Make a point to learn and practice a few yoga relaxation poses to help further your healing process.
Maintain Good Posture
We get so busy these days that it’s often hard to make time for any exercise, and often we forget about maintaining good posture. Whether we are at work or slouched in front of the TV, good posture is essential in fighting chronic pain. Avoid slouching (also fondly known as the “C-slump”) as slouching is known to make a person particularly vulnerable to back problems. Slouching prevents your weight from being evenly distributed between the joints and muscles in your back, and uneven weight distribution taxes the lower back muscles and tendons, thus increasing the risk of sprains and strains. Bad posture can weaken or damage your nerves and blood flow as well. Make it a point to maintain proper posture, or even just consistently sit up straight throughout the day and you’ll begin to see wonderful results.
Use Heat Pads
This is probably the most commonly used solution for temporary relief for your chronic pain. Simply apply cold packs or hot packs (according to your preference) to any area you feel pain to enjoy quick and effective relief. Heat packs help to direct heat to the source of pain and the heat helps to encourage greater blood flow in that area. Application of a heat pack to the source of your chronic pain will stimulate the sensory receptors in that area, impeding the transmission of pain signals to the brain, and creating pain relief.
Although chronic pain may seem incredibly dreary and tiresome, with small changes to your life, and making sure that you receive professional medical advice, you can and will begin to see a great difference in your quality of life. Think about it: no one is going to be able to make that pain go away except for you. Have courage, and take the initiative to step forward and be actively involved in your healing process. Only then will you reap the fruits of what you have sowed.
(NaturalNews) Treating chronic pain is a complex issue because there are numerous factors that contribute to its development and persistence. Contrary to popular belief, most instances of chronic pain do not actually originate in the muscles, bones, and tissues, but rather in the nerves, which means eating foods and taking herbs that promote central nervous system health may be the best approach to getting rid of chronic pain for good. Here are 10 ways to treat chronic pain naturally without drugs:
1) Willow bark. Used for thousands of years in many different cultures to reduce fever and inflammation, willow bark is a powerful painkilling herb that is still used today to treat back pain, arthritis, headaches, and inflammatory conditions like bursitis and tendinitis. The active ingredient in willow bark, salicin, is actually the compound that was first used in the 1800s to develop aspirin. Though it may not work as quickly as aspirin, willow bark is said to provide longer-lasting benefits without the harmful side effects. (http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/willow-bark-000281.htm)
2) Cannabis. Aside from its psychoactive effects, the active ingredient in cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is a powerful analgesic with proven pain-relieving properties. Numerous studies have found that taking cannabis can help ease neurological pain without causing harmful side effects, which makes it a far more promising candidate than what conventional medicine has to offer. And even better than smoking cannabis is juicing its leaves raw, which has been shown to actually reverse chronic pain and illness. (http://www.naturalnews.com/035759_cannabis_juicing_health.html)
3) Turmeric. One of the most powerful known anti-inflammatory herbs, turmeric is virtually unparalleled in its ability to treat arthritis, gout, autoimmune disease, sciatic, and other inflammatory conditions. Systemically, turmeric helps quell disease-causing inflammation in all its forms, and may be the key to overcoming whatever pains might be ailing you.
4) Kava kava. Pacific Islanders have long utilized kava kava, also known as “intoxicating pepper,” to unwind and relax after a long day. But this natural botanical is also highly effective at reducing anxiety, easing nerves, relaxing muscles, and subdue pain. Because of its synergistic ability to promote restfulness both mentally and physically, kava kava can be extremely helpful in overcoming chronic pain, especially when such pain has a psychological component. (http://www.konakavafarm.com/articles/alternative.html)
5) Skullcap. An herb native to North America, skullcap has been used for more than 200 years to treat anxiety, nervous tension, convulsions, and pain. And Chinese skullcap, a similar but slightly different herb, has been shown to help treat allergies, infections, inflammation, headaches, and even cancer. Between the two herbs, chronic pain sufferers have a powerful weapon for naturally calming their nerves and relieving pain. (http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/skullcap-000273.htm)
6) Valerian. Often blended with skullcap, Valerian is another natural herb with an extensive history of use in relieving pain. Often used as a sleeping aid due to its ability to promote relaxation, Valerian is also useful for easing anxiety and psychological stress, which are often responsible for causing or exacerbating chronic pain. Valerian can also help treat depression, muscle and joint pain, headaches, and menstrual pain (http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/valerian-000279.htm).
7) Devil’s claw. This native African herb is so effective at relieving arthritis, lower back, knee, and hip pain that it has actually been approved as a non-prescription medicine in Germany. Devil’s claw has been shown in studies to effectively relieve chronic pain in as little as 10 days of therapeutic use without causing any harmful side effects. Devil’s claw can also be used in place of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like acetaminophen and ibuprofen to temporarily relieve pain. (http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/devils-claw-000237.htm)
8) Magnesium. Magnesium comes up a lot as a recommendation in natural treatment protocols, and this is no accident. A powerful treatment for both muscle and nerve pain, magnesium has been shown to balance levels of a brain chemical known as NMDA that is responsible for transmitting pain throughout the nervous system. Magnesium deficiency is also a common cause and amplifier of pain, so simply supplementing with it can help significantly improve pain symptoms. (http://www.psychologytoday.com)
9) SAM-e. A popular dietary supplement for treating osteoarthritis and depression, SAM-e, or S-Adenosyl-L-Methionine, is a compound naturally found in every human cell in the body. Recognized for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic benefits, SAM-e can help ease pain, relieve stiffness, reduce joint swelling, and even rebuild cartilage. SAM-e is also known to help treat fibromyalgia, bursitis, tendinitis, and lower back pain. (http://osteoarthritis.about.com/od/alternativetreatments/a/sam-e.htm)
10) Vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency is linked to a host of chronic illnesses, including chronic pain. A 2009 study found that patients deficient in vitamin D require almost twice as much pain medication as patients with adequate levels, illustrating an inverse relationship between vitamin D levels and pain. Supplementing with vitamin D and regularly exposing your skin to natural sunlight just might be the remedy you need for overcoming chronic pain. (http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/)
I just recently got diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and around the same time I started losing interest in my man of 2yrs..
I was happy with him had only small complaints here and there, now I’m getting annoyed with almost everything he does, fighting with him alot more than normal and not careing to much about sex which is CrAzY for ME…
Also finding other men very much more attractive than him now! And don’t know why; could it be the thyriod??
I know it effects sex drive, mood, eating habits and more but is it really enough to ruin my relationship or am I just OVER him???
Ahead of the show’s season two premiere tonight, the star opens up about her thyroid condition.
The disease causes symptoms such as fatigue, hoarse voice, muscle aches and tenderness, stiff joints and unexplained weight gain.
On her hit TV show “Jane the Virgin,” which kicks off its second season tonight, star Gina Rodriguez weathers no shortage of curveballs: an unplanned pregnancy after being artificially inseminated by mistake. A love triangle, nefarious drug lord and baby-snatching.
While perhaps not as, ah, dramatic as the TV cliffhangers, Rodriguez, 31, is opening up about a real-life struggle. When she was 19, she was diagnosed with hypothyroidism – which happens when the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough of important hormones, potentially leading to problems such as obesity, joint pain, infertility and heart disease. Years later, while shooting the pilot for “Jane,” she grew very ill and was ultimately diagnosed with the autoimmune condition Hashimoto’s disease.
According to the National Institutes of Health, Hashimoto’s disease arises when the immune system attacks the thyroid gland, causing inflammation and the inability to sufficiently produce thyroid hormones. It causes symptoms ranging from fatigue and sluggishness to a puffy face, hoarse voice, muscle aches and tenderness, stiff joints and unexplained weight gain. For some patients, treatment includes thyroid hormone replacement therapy, an often lifelong regimen. Untreated Hashimoto’s disease can lead to heart problems, mental health issues like depression, decreased sexual interest and birth defects in babies born to women with the disease.
Rodriguez spoke with U.S. News about her diagnosis – and the punchy way she keeps stress in check – via an email interview. Her responses have been edited.
When were you diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, and what led to the diagnosis? What kind of symptoms were you experiencing?
I was diagnosed when I was 19 years old – I was attending New York University and got very sick. The doctors thought I had mono, but it turned out to be thyroid disease. Ten years later, I found out I had Hashimoto’s – and my doctor said I could have had it for many years.
The symptoms I was experiencing included extreme fatigue and weakening of the muscles, and it was very hard to stand on my own. I had chills and no appetite.
How did you feel when you were diagnosed? Were you surprised? Worried?
My mother has had it my whole life, so I think I was expecting it. I used to ask why she complained so much about being tired, and it gave me an opportunity to understand it firsthand. Now I appreciate her strength even more.
What’s living with this disease like – how does it affect your life and well-being?
I’m always tired regardless of the amount of sleep I get, but you just pull through. Depression is one of the symptoms, so it’s important to stay positive and have good people around you.
How do you manage your condition?
I take medicine every morning, I try to do 30 minutes of cardio a day, I take naps when my body asks for it and I try to eat as healthy as possible.
What made you take up boxing?
I grew up in a boxing household – my father was a professional referee. It’s my favorite sport. It’s my favorite form of working out, and I don’t have a victims’ walk because of it.
How does boxing help you manage Hashimoto’s disease?
Cardio is very important for the thyroid, and boxing is all cardio.
Season two of “Jane the Virgin” premiers tonight – you clearly have a lot going on. What are your favorite stress-busters?
What’s your advice for others coping with Hashimoto’s disease or another diagnosis?
Knowing what your body is going through and using your mind to push that growth, that change, that challenge forward is key. When I was diagnosed, I was relieved because then I knew what I was fighting and could find different ways to win. And I have been working on it for years, and will keep working on making myself strong and healthy. You have the strength – I’m not saying it will be easy, but you can do it, and you can win.
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) causes persistent fatigue that affects everyday life and doesn’t go away with sleep or rest.
CFS is also known as ME, which stands for myalgic encephalomyelitis.
CFS is a serious condition that can cause long-term illness and disability, but many people – particularly children and young people improve over time.
It’s not known exactly what causes CFS, but various theories have been suggested, including viral or bacterial infections, problems with the immune system, an imbalance of hormons and psychiatric problems.
But, whatever the cause, CFS is an extremely debilitating illness in many ways, and it completely sucks.
Here are 18 things you’ll only know if you suffer with chronic fatigue.
1. Your body can become so exhausted that the simplest of tasks can seem virtually impossible to complete, no matter how hard you try.
2. You are very much used to people asking you ‘How are you tired? You slept for ages!’. It’s the most annoying thing someone can say to you.
3. You make sure you’re always dosed up on supplements and coffee to get through the day, but even that has minimal effects.
4. And you’ve tried every fatigue remedy possible. And yes, they do all taste disgusting.
5. You’re constantly dealing with dull headaches and aches across your body.
6. Alongside under-eye circles that no amount of concealer will fix.
7. It can be incredibly hard to focus on things, even when concentrating on concentrating.
8. And you often find your mind wondering off even when you’re really trying to concentrate.
9. Your body tends to feel extremely heavy and even the slightest bit of movement can be too much at times.
10. You tend to feel pretty nauseous a lot of the time. It’s just part of the package.
11. Your memory becomes awful. Sometimes it’s hard to even remember what you had for dinner last night, let alone important things.
12. You regularly deal with sore eyes and blurred vision. At times it is incredibly hard to focus, and they become red and itchy.
13. Early nights just don’t work. No amount of sleep will overshadow the undying need to rest.
14. No amount of sleep leaves you feeling refreshed, so you often rely on showers to wake you up, which is always short lived and you’re left feeling groggy.
15. No matter how much you try to talk to someone about your condition, they just don’t understand.
16. People will always tell you ‘well I’m tired too’ as if it’s a competition, your condition is invalid, or you’re overreacting.
17. And so you feel guilty and embarrassed, worrying that people think you’re just lazy.
18. Often, people do just think you’re being lazy. It’s incredibly hard to explain to people that it is an illness, and not an excuse for lack of sleep.
To those who think my illness makes me weak:
I see the way I’m looked at these days. Some of you look at me with pity, others with curiosity and still others with disdain. You think that because I have a chronic illness, I am weak and lazy and have no ambition. You see me as less than you.
Don’t try to deny it, because I know how true it is. You see, I used to be you.
Before I became chronically ill, I didn’t realize that many people don’t have the energy to take a shower each day. Or that it’s not always possible to force yourself to complete a task because there’s just no way your body is able to cooperate. I didn’t realize that there are many diseases just waiting to ambush the innocent, diseases that cannot be cured or effectively treated. I certainly didn’t realize that I would one day be one of “those” people.
I thought I was strong, and then I found out what strong really is. Strong is just getting out of bed each morning. Strong is caring for your family when all you want to do is crawl into a hole and hide. Strong is navigating a health care system that is not always friendly to those of us with conditions that cannot be neatly categorized and handled by checking off treatment options on a predetermined list. Strong is persevering when you’re denied pain medications because you’re labeled a drug seeker, or fighting back when you’re told your insurance will not pay for a procedure or a medication because it’s not covered under your plan. Strong is the definition of each person who lives with a chronic illness.
You have no idea how hard we fight to maintain our lives after we become ill. We don’t want to stop working, exercising or socializing, but most of us cannot do these things any longer. We struggle with changing our ambitions and desires to fit within this new life we’ve been handed. Most people hate change and avoid it at all costs. We have no choice.
We want you in our corner. But we are able to make it without you if we must. We’ve learned to find others like us and form bonds only we can understand. Our strength is not just for ourselves — it’s also for the millions battling our same enemies. Our shoulders are broad enough and strong enough to carry this load. Would yours be?
I believe life for the chronically ill is harder than it is for most people. We can’t always just fight through the pain, the fatigue, the desperation. Tasks that seem easy to the average person can push us to the edge of exhaustion and affect us for days afterwards. But please, don’t let any momentary weakness affect your perception of us. Because of our illnesses and how hard we have to fight each and every day, I believe we are stronger than most and more capable, too.
Read more: http://themighty.com/2015/11/to-the-people-who-think-my-chronic-illness-makes-me-weak/#ixzz3rsIPfmni
‘You don’t look sick!’, these are the words that sting every person with chronic illness.
It is time we talk about how some people have illnesses and disabilities that can’t be seen easily, but it doesn’t make them any less real.
My name is Sam Cleasby and I have Ulcerative Colitis, an illness that causes ulcers in the colon, bleeding, diarrhoea, fatigue, joint pain, skin problems, eye problems and so much more.
I have had three surgeries to remove my colon and live on a whole bag full of medication just to get through each day.
Yet people tell me that I don’t look sick.
Perhaps they are trying to be nice and say I look better than I am, perhaps they just don’t understand.
Life with chronic illness can have times of remission and times of sickness, often people who are terribly ill will fight through and push themselves to the limits in order to life a somewhat normal life.
It can be really difficult to explain to others just how poorly we are, it is embarrassing and can be socially limiting to not find the words to share our experience.
Often one of the worst symptoms of any chronic illness is a loss of our voice.
An inability to speak out due to shame, embarrassment, fear, anger or pain. It is easy to become isolated in our own lives and allow our world to shrink to the four walls of our home.
And so today I shared a video of how this feels, a silent film that explains a little how I may not ‘look sick’, but inside I am desperately struggling.
In just the first few hours, it has been viewed over 28,000 times! I just hope every view and every share can help someone struggling in silence and educate those around them.